Online Participant Information Statement

1. What is the research study about?

You are invited to take part in this research study. The central aim of this research is to evaluate how regulatory disclosure initiatives can improve human rights enforcement within supply chains. You have been invited because the work of your organisation is relevant to assessing the effectiveness of transparency and disclosure legislation.

2. Who is conducting this research?

The study is being carried out by the following researchers A/Professor Justine Nolan (UNSW Law, A/Professor Jolyon Ford (ANU, Law) and Professor Aziz Islam (University of Aberdeen).  Research Funder: This research is being funded by CPA Australia.

3. Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria?

Before you decide to participate in this research study, we need to ensure that it is ok for you to take part. The research study is looking recruit people who meet the following criteria:

To participate in this project you need to meet the following inclusion criteria:

  • Be involved in developing or drafting policy or legislation in relating to transparency and disclosure in supply chain]; OR
  • Be an employee of a corporation that is responsible for supply chain compliance efforts under legislation; OR
  • Be an employee of a civil society organisation or trade union who work is relevant to assessing the effectiveness of transparency and disclosure legislation.

4. Do I have to take part in this research study?

Participation in any research study is voluntary. If you do not want to take part, you do not have to.

If you decide you want to take part in the research study, you will be asked to:

  • Read the information carefully (ask questions if necessary)
  • Complete the online questionnaire.

5. What does participation in this research require, and are there any risks involved?

If you decide to take part in the research study, we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire will ask you questions about your experience with transparency and disclosure legislation.  It should take approximately 15mins to complete.

 We don’t expect this questionnaire to cause any harm or discomfort, however if you experience feelings of distress as a result of participation in this study you can let the research team know and they will provide you with assistance.

6. What are the possible benefits to participation?

We hope to use information we get from this research study to assess how transparency and disclosure legislation may improve human rights protection in supply chains.

7. What will happen to information about me?

Submission of the online questionnaire is an indication of your consent. By clicking the ‘I agree to participate’ button you are providing your permission for the research team to collect and use information about you for the research study. Your data will be kept for a period of 7 years after the project’s completion. We will store information about you in identifiable format at UNSW Kensington. We will keep your data for 7 years. We will store information about you on a secure, restricted access server located at UNSW. Your information will only be used for the purpose of this research study and it will only be disclosed with your permission.

It is anticipated that the results of this research study will be published and/or presented in a variety of forums. In any publication and/or presentation, information will be published, but you will not be identified in these publications unless you agree to this by emailing your interviewer and confirming that you agree to being identified.

You have the right to request access to the information about you that is collected and stored by the research team. You also have the right to request that any information with which you disagree be corrected. You can do this by contacting your interviewer.

Researchers at UNSW are required to store their any aggregated data in the UNSW data repository, this is a system called ResData.  Once the aggregated data is deposited into this repository it will be retained in this system permanently. It will however be retained in a format where your identity will not be known.

8. How and when will I find out what the results of the research study are?

The research team intend to publish and/ report the results of the research study in a variety of ways. This feedback will principally be in the form of the policy brief which will be an outcome of the study. You will receive this feedback by email after the study is finished.

9. What if I want to withdraw from the research study?

If you do consent to participate, you may withdraw at any time. You can do so by completing the ‘Withdrawal of Consent Form’ which is provided at the end of this document. Alternatively you can ring the research team and tell them you no longer want to participate. If you decide to leave the research study, the researchers will destroy any information that has already been collected and no additional information will be collected from you. Your decision not to participate or to withdraw from the study, will not affect your relationship with UNSW Sydney or CPA Australia.

The information you provide is personal information for the purposes of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW).  You have the right of access to personal information held about you by the University, the right to request correction and amendment of it, and the right to make a compliant about a breach of the Information Protection Principles as contained in the PPIP Act.  Further information on how the University protects personal information is available in the UNSW Privacy Management Plan.

10. What should I do if I have further questions about my involvement in the research study?

The person you may need to contact will depend on the nature of your query. If you require further information regarding this study or if you have any problems which may be related to your involvement in the study, you can contact the following member/s of the research team:

Name: Justine Nolan

Position: Associate Professor

Telephone: +61293852865


11. What if I have a complaint or any concerns about the research study?

If you have a complaint regarding any aspect of the study or the way it is being conducted, please contact the UNSW Human Ethics Coordinator:

Position: Human Research Ethics Coordinator

Telephone+ 61 2 9385 6222